We love the creative projects that vanlifers build to embrace full-time off-grid living. We’ve seen it all from converted ambulances to a guy with a makeshift bed in a Nissan Versa, but we’ve never seen anyone live in a Porsche. Until now.
The Cayenne was Porsche’s first foray into something other than a small sports car, so there’s at least some room to stretch out. Specifically, this is a 2008 Cayenne S with a raspy V8 and four inch suspension for better off-road handling. Yes, not only is this Cayenne a full-time road house, but it’s also equipped for a decent landing and as proof of its capabilities, this thing has taken Moab over.
This unlikely vanlife adventure comes from Harrison Schoen on YouTube as well as TikTok, where everything from the building of Cayenne to various destinations is recorded for anyone to see. The accommodations are quite spartan, the interior being made up of a custom floor used mainly for the storage of clothes and tools. A custom-cut Ikea file cabinet offers more storage and a mini-fridge placed behind the driver’s seat keeps food fresh. A 2,000-watt powerhouse sits under the bed behind the front passenger seat, a collapsible stove stows in the back, and that’s more or less for interior comfort.
Outside, a roof rack contains a 10 gallon (38 liter) shower tank and a large cargo box for additional storage. An awning extends to create a shaded outdoor space to relax in, and of course you can’t have an all-terrain vehicle without light bars to cut through the darkness. The 33-inch all-terrain tires can be ventilated and pumped depending on the off-road conditions, and it doesn’t look bad with the 18-inch wheels, either.
It is certainly a very unlikely choice for full time vanlife, but honestly it sounds like fun. And for those wondering how much it costs to live and explore in a Porsche Cayenne, the total so far is around $ 25,000 (around £ 18,000). This includes the Cayenne’s $ 9,000 (£ 6,500) purchase price and all the gear to make it shiny. Well done, indeed.